Rivergallery you seem pretty out of touch with what goes on at public schools so it is hard to debate this one with you. Kids don't have birthday parties at school anymore. But I think that you understood Susan's general point ~ I never told my kids to breathe. Does that mean I don't value breathing? Does that mean that by omission I was teaching them not to breathe? Of course not.
I don't understand your statement about not teaching reading or math. That is the purpose of schools. And public schools are not supposed to VALUE religion.......you know, according to the constitution you are always going on about?
I disagree with you that working parents have a much harder time imparting their values to their children. I think that that is a very unfair statement to make.
Super! I never said evolution was proven fact. I know its a theory. I just can't imagine being offended by a theory. I don't know who said anything about the Big Bang, that isn't what I believe, but that is great info about it! Thank you!
I am SO OFFENDED by gravity! Freaking gravity?!?!?! Who does gravity think it is??? Or, That Newton and his Laws of Motion are SO OFFENSIVE and hurtful! I can't believe how those theories looked at me! As$hat theories! Always being so offensive, and people, like STUDYING them, and trying to LEARN and stuff. SO.RUDE, that science. So offensive.
Its just funny. The idea of offensive theories. You'd have to be super, super sensitive, I guess.
They have birthday parties AT school? Jeez. No wonder TN is so low academically :( What a waste of time.
2- They have no choice but to breathe to live, and I disagree that no one tells them the value of CLEAN AIR.
3- You don't understand.. not sure how much plainer I can get, our SCHOOLS value math and reading as part of our childrens education, they do not think religion has value enough to teach the child so it isn't taught. It used to be taught and valued, it isn't anymore. Separation of Church and State is NOT in the constitution.. maybe YOU need to reread it ;).
4- TIME is important to raising your child, the more time you are not with your child the less time you have to impart your values on them. Simple truth. Does FAIR equal Truth? NOPE, not sure I care if it is fair, it is true.
Why would you think I was kidding? Yes, I would be super annoyed if my sons class celebrated 16 birthday parties throughout the year. It's school not happy hour. Birthday parties happen at home.
#1. Schools don't teach about birthday parties. They observe them.
#2. Math & reading are exactly what public school is supposed to be teaching, and supposed to be valuing. Religion is not a teachable subject in a public school, therefore it should have little to no value in a public school.
#3 Public schools do NOT teach about other religions. They *do* teach about other cultures.
#4 Wow. What a horrible insult to working parents. Does your husband believe that he can't possibly impart his values to his children because he works a full-time job? I don't believe that. And perhaps *you* should go back to school, public or otherwise, because your spelling & grammar in that paragraph are atrocious.
ETA about birthdays: in our school, we have one birthday party to celebrate all the birthdays in that month, and one at the end of school to celebrate the coming summer birthdays. It seems the same in the other public schools in our neighborhood so it might be a district policy, and I don't know about the private schools.